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Dog Nurses White Tiger Cubs

Three white tiger cubs were born Sunday at Safari Zoological Park in Kansas. Their mother Sassy refused to nurse them, so zoo officials recruited Isabella, a one-year-old Golden Retriever who had just weaned a litter of puppies. Isabella has taken to the cubs as if they were puppies. The park specializes in housing and breeding rare and endangered species.

Groper Leaves Dirty Hand Prints

Peter Notridge of Milton Keynes, England was arrested for groping after he fondled a young woman and left behind key evidence -his hand prints. Notridge had been working on his car just before the incident, and left oil and grime on the woman's shirt. The woman reported the groping to police, who arrested Notridge within 15 minutes. Confronted with the evidence, he admitted guilt, and received a three-month suspended sentence. He also had to register as a sex offender.

Tree Shrews Thrive on Alcohol

Seven species of tree shrews found in Malaysia drink alcoholic nectar every day, according to a report released Monday. The palm nectar has a 3,8 percent alcohol content, the highest ever found in nature, yet the shrews show no signs of intoxication. Scientists plan to study how the shrew's bodies cope with such frequent alcohol ingestion. Their studies may lead to insights on why humans developed a taste for alcohol.

Man Stuck Under Dumpster for 12 Hours

150dumpster.jpg56-year-old Gibson Cook was arrested in Dillon, South Carolina after he was rescued from a dumpster. Cook had apparently crawled under the dumpster to retrieve $10 worth of copper wire Tuesday evening. He was discovered by workers at the Dillon County Landfill on Wednesday morning. EMS workers lifted the dumpster with airbags and freed Cook, who was unhurt. Landfill employee Charlie Brown said he'd never seen anything like it.
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"It was right disgusting. I wouldn't be under there," Brown said, laughing. "No, I can't see anyone one else going under a Dumpster."
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"It was kind of amusing to see him come out of there," Brown said. "He was scared. He was ready to get out of there."

World's First Double Arm Transplant

A 54-year-old farmer in Munich is the recipient of the first double arm transplant. Surgeons Edgar Biemer and Christof Hoehnke performed the 16-hour operation with a team of 30 medical professionals. The patient had lost his arms in a threshing machine six years ago. The donor was a Bavarian teenager killed in an accident. Doctors say it could be as long as two years before enough nerves grow for the patient to have feeling in his fingertips.

Delivery Driver's Final Route

150UPS.jpgJeff Hornagold of Crystal Lake, Illinois worked as a UPS driver for twenty years before he died last week. His best friend Micheal McGowan provided a fitting tribute for the funeral. McGowan, another UPS driver, delivered the casket containing Hornagold's body from the funeral home to the church in a UPS truck. See a video report here.

Naked Man Impaled on Spike

Gavin Rigby of Gosport, England was sunbathing in the nude on the ramparts above Haslar Lake when a bizarre accident occurred. He walked over to some trees, slipped on mud, and fell down the embankment. He was impaled upside down on a rusty post, which pierced his thigh near his groin. Rigbby was stuck on the post naked for about a half an hour as emergency crews worked to free him. They cut through the post instead of lifting him off. He was taken to a hospital, where a spokesman said he suffered "minor injuries."

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Bizarre New Species of Crabs and a Giant Sea Cockroach Discovered in Waters Off Indonesia
One known species of isopod, or "giant sea cockroach"
One known species of isopod, or "giant sea cockroach"
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A crab with green googly eyes, another with "ears" resembling peanuts, and a species of giant sea cockroach are among the dozen new kinds of crustaceans discovered by scientists in the waters off Indonesia, Channel News Asia reports.

These finds are the result of a two-week expedition by Indonesian and Singaporean scientists with the South Java Deep Sea Biodiversity Expedition (SJADES 2018), which involved exploring deep waters in the Sunda Strait (the waterway separating the islands of Sumatra and Java in Southeast Asia) and the Indian Ocean. Using trawls, dredges, and other tools, researchers brought a huge variety of deep-sea life to the surface—some species for the very first time.

"The world down there is an alien world," Peter Ng, chief scientist of the expedition, told Channel News Asia. "You have waters that go down more than 2000 to 3000 meters [9800 feet], and we do not know … the animal life that's at the bottom."

The giant sea cockroach—technically a giant isopod, also nicknamed a Darth Vader isopod—is a new species in the genus Bathynomus, measuring almost a foot long and found more than 4000 feet deep. The isopods are occasionally seen on the ocean floor, where they scuttle around scavenging for dead fish and other animals. This marked the first time the genus has ever been recorded in Indonesia.

Another find is a spider crab nicknamed Big Ears, though it doesn't actually have ears—its peanut-shaped plates are used to protect the crab's eyes.

More than 800 species were collected during the expedition, accounting for 12,000 individual animals. Researchers say it will take up to two years to study all of them. In addition to the 12 species that are completely new to science, 40 were seen for the first time in Indonesia. Creatures that the scientists dubbed a chain-saw lobster, an ice cream cone worm, and a cock-eyed squid were among some of the rarer finds.

A "Chain-Saw Lobster"
Nicknamed the "Chain-Saw Lobster," this creature is a rare blind lobster, found only in the deep seas.

Researchers took to the giant sea cockroach quickly, with some of the crew members reportedly calling it “cute” and cradling it like a baby. Check out Channel News Asia Insider's video below for more insight into their creepy finds.

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The Mysterious Case of the Severed Feet in British Columbia
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While walking on the beach, many people look out for a number of things: Shells, buried treasure, crabs, and dolphins among them. But if you’re on a beach in British Columbia, you might want to keep an eye out for something a little more sinister—about 15 severed feet have washed up on the shores there in the past few years. The latest was found on May 6, wedged in a mass of logs on Gabriola Island, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The feet have been surprising unlucky British Columbians for over a decade. The first appeared back in 2007 on Jedediah Island; it was eventually matched to a deceased man whose family declined to provide additional information. Bizarre, but not particularly alarming—until another one showed up on Gabriola Island less than a month later. More feet followed, and though some were matched to missing persons, most remained anonymous (feet, unfortunately, don’t contain much identifying information). Instead, police focused on the fact that each foot was encased in a running shoe—though sizes, genders, and brands differed.

This seems like a real-life episode of The X-Files, but it turns out there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for the severed feet: They’re not really “severed,” which would indicate cutting or slicing, at all. According to scientists who tested the theory, the feet likely belong to suicide, drowning, or plane crash victims. It’s common for decomposing bodies to come apart at the joint, making it natural for the foot to come apart from the leg. But if that’s the case, wouldn’t hands be similarly susceptible to washing up on beaches? Nope, that’s where the shoes come in.

While the rest of the body naturally decomposes in water, feet are surprisingly well protected inside the rubber and fabric of a shoe. The soles can be pretty buoyant, and sometimes air pockets get trapped inside the shoe, making it float to the surface. Most of the “severed” feet have been clad in jogging shoes such as Nikes and Pumas, but at least one case involves a hiking boot. In that instance, the boot (and foot) was matched to a man who went missing while fishing more than 25 years ago. The most recent case also involves a hiking boot.

That leaves the question: Why British Columbia? According to Richard Thompson, an oceanographer with the federal Institute of Ocean Sciences, it’s connected to ocean current. “There’s a lot of recirculation in the region; we’re working here with a semi-enclosed basin. Fraser River, False Creek, Burrard Inlet—all those regions around there are somewhat semi-enclosed. The tidal currents and the winds can keep things that are floating recirculating in the system." Several feet have also been found further south, in Washington state, which shares a network of coastal waterways with British Columbia.

Others aren’t so quick to accept this scientific analysis, however. Criminal lawyer and crime author Michael Slade still wonders if a serial killer is afoot. "We also have to consider that this could be a serial killer," he said. "Somebody who right now is underneath the radar. That has to be on the table."

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